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Seeing Redd: Bucks deal Van Horn to Mavs

By Marc Stein, ESPN.com


League sources tell ESPN.com that the Bucks beat the 3 p.m. ET Thursday trading deadline by agreeing to send Van Horn to Dallas for Calvin Booth, the expiring contract of Alan Henderson and minimal cash considerations.


Moving Van Horn, in addition to the trade of Mike James to Houston earlier Thursday, removes nearly $13 million in salary-cap obligations from the Bucks' payroll next season.


The Bucks made the moves in anticipation of presenting free agent-to-be Michael Redd with a contract offer sufficiently lucrative to convince Redd to spurn advances from his home-state Cleveland Cavaliers and stay in Milwaukee.


Dallas, meanwhile, is hoping that Van Horn can serve as a productive backup to All-Star forward Dirk Nowitzki. Van Horn has struggled this season, but Dallas is hoping he'll benefit from the reduced expectations of a backup role and fill the biggest void on the Mavericks' roster -- depth behind Nowitzki.


There is also a cap benefit for the Mavericks, since Booth has two years left on his contract after this season. Van Horn has only one, albeit at the high price of $16 million.



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